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Zenaida Yanowsky

Principal of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Zenaida Yanowsky in action.
Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky is a Principal with The Royal Ballet. She joined the Company in 1994 and was promoted to Principal in 2001. Signature roles include Sylvia, Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Marguerite, Manon, Natalia Petrovna (A Month in the Country), Myrtha (Giselle), Raymonda (Raymonda Act III) and Principal roles in 'Rubies' (Jewels), Apollo and In the Night. She has created roles for choreographers including Will Tuckett, Kim Brandstrup, Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheeldon, creating for Wheeldon the Queen of Hearts Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Paulina (The Winter's Tale).

Yanowsky was born in Lyon, France. Both of her parents were dancers with Lyon Opera Ballet, and as a small child she often accompanied them on tour. The family settled in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, and she trained at the dance school set up by her parents. After winning a silver medal at Varna in 1991, she joined Paris Opera Ballet. Further awards included gold medals at the 1993 European Young Dancers Competition and the 1994 Jackson International Ballet Competition.

Two of Yanowsky's siblings are also dancers: her older brother Yury is a principal with Boston Ballet and younger sister Nadia a soloist with Dutch National Ballet. Yanowsky is married to British baritone Simon Keenlyside, whom she met at the Royal Opera House.

Videos

News and features

Zenaida Yanowsky and Will Tuckett create new work for Tate Modern’s cinema relay of Matisse Live

Zenaida Yanowsky and Will Tuckett create new work for Tate Modern’s cinema relay of Matisse Live

20 May 2014

The new piece, screened as part of Tate’s cinema relay, was inspired by Matisse’s dance cut-outs.

Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Your reaction: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

16 March 2013

Audience tweets about the return of Christopher Wheeldon's fantastical ballet.

Zenaida Yanowsky receives Spanish Dance Award

Zenaida Yanowsky receives Spanish Dance Award

21 November 2012

Royal Ballet Principal recognized for her talent in both contemporary and classical dance.

Photos

Christopher Wheeldon and Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsal for The Winter's Tale © ROH/Johan Persson, 2014

Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Edward Watson as Polixenes, Zenaida Yanowsky as Paulina and Dancers of The Royal Ballet in The Winter's Tale, The Royal Ballet, © ROH / Johan Persson 2014

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky in rehearsals for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © ROH/Johan Persson, 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky as The Chosen One in The Rite of Spring © ROH / Bill Cooper, 2013

Zenaida Yanowsky, Will Tuckett and Nehemiah Kish in The Royal Ballet's Swan Lake © ROH/Bill Cooper

Nehemiah Kish and Zenaida Yanowsky in Swan Lake © Bill Cooper

Zenaida Yanowsky and Nehemiah Kish in In the Night, The Royal Ballet © ROH/Tristram Kenton, 2012

Zenaida Yanowsky

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas © Bill Cooper/ROH

Genesia Rosato, Zenaida Yanowsky and Alastair Marriott in Les Noces © Dee Conway/ROH 2004

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky rehearsing Las Hermanas © ROH 2012

Thiago Soares and Zenaida Yanowsky in Las Hermanas. © Bill Cooper / ROH 2012

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as the Red Queen in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland © Johan Persson/ROH 2011

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Eric Underwood and Zenaida Yanowsky in DGV: Danse à Grande Vitesse, The Royal Ballet © ROH / Bill Cooper 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Federico Bonelli as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Federico Bonelli as Armand in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as Marguerite and Artists of The Royal Ballet in Marguerite and Armand © Tristram Kenton/ROH 2011

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Gary Avis as Rakitin in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Zenaida Yanowsky as Natalia Petrovna and Rupert Pennefather as Beliaev in A Month in the Country © Dee Conway/ROH 2008

Carlos Acosta, Zenaida Yanowsly, Sarah Lamb and dancers of The Royal Ballet in Rubies as part of Jewels © Johan Persson/ROH 2007

Zenaida Yanowsky in Rubies as part of Jewels © Johan Persson/ROH 2007

Federico Bonelli, Zenaida Yanowsky, Isabel McMeekan and Deirdre Chapman in Apollo © ROH / Dee Conway 2007

Zenaida Yanowsky and Federico Bonelli in Apollo © ROH / Dee Conway 2007

Isabel McMeekan, Federico Bonelli, Deirdre Chapman and Zenaida Yanowsky in Apollo © ROH / Dee Conway 2007